Action for Change

Who we are

Action for Change is a service for birth parents who have had their children removed permanently from their care. The service aims to prevent recurrent care proceedings by helping birth parents to have a better understanding of the reasons for the previous removal and help manage the consequences of having a child removed from their care.

We are a service that work across Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster City Council. We are a team of multi-disciplinary practitioners using therapeutic and outreach interventions to engage with parents on a one-to-one basis and as part of a group.

Who we work with

Action for Change works with parents who have had a child(ren) removed permanently from their care and who are resident in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster boroughs. Specifically, we work with:

  • Parents post final hearing of permanent removal 
  • Pregnant women who have had a child removed from their care previously. The pre-birth period is utilised to address concerns highlighted in previous removals, support the client to demonstrate capacity to change and potentially achieve different outcomes. 

How we work

The reasons for children being removed from the birth parents’ care are varied but may include historic or current domestic abuse, mental health, alcohol and substance misuse, and neglect.

Our support to birth parents post permanent removal of the child(ren) from their care covers three general areas:

Practical support: this may include sexual health and contraception, homelessness prevention and accessing support from external agencies etc.

Professional support: such as advising parents around contacts, coordinate network meetings and mediating between other professionals and the birth parent.

Emotional and mental health support: to ensure the wellbeing of the parent’s mental and emotional health, building positive relationships and support networks.

Some of the key interventions and approaches that Action for Change uses includes:

  • Systemic thoughts and practice, where in-depth exploration of the wider rationale for repeat removals is addressed.
  • Therapeutic and evidence based interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Addiction Psychology and Video Interaction Guidance.
  • One-to-one interventions in the community using flexible and innovative methods to engage and develop positive relationships.
  • Group work and activity-based interventions such as ‘Strengthening Families and Strengthening Communities Programme’ and using principles of the ‘Freedom Programme’. All programmes are tailored specifically for parents who have had their child(ren) removed from their care.

 For more information about this service or the contents of this page, please contact actionforchange@rbkc.gov.uk